SOTA Goats

Summits on the Air (SOTA) Goats, what is a SOTA Goat? The term Goat is used affectionately to describe the SOTA activator who frequently climbs hills and mountains in extreme weather cold and hot to reach distant peaks. There are many summits in the ACT (VK1) where one requires the agility of a goat to…

SOTA Mountain Hunter Award – 15 September 2013

Today I received the Mountain Hunter Award certificate for chasing summits in 5 different SOTA associations.  Although I have tried many times to chase associations in countries other than Australia, this award is a result of chasing at least 2 summits in each of 5 Australian (VK) associations. I started SOTA chasing on 28 September…

VK2 SOTA Party – Sunday 13 Oct 13

Mt Lowden VK2/ST-002 1342 metres ASL, 8 points, Tallaganda State Forest Andrew VK1DA and I (Andrew VK1NAM) more recently known as the ‘two Andrews’ plan a joint activation of Mt Lowden VK2/ST-002 in the Tallaganda State Forest, 35 km south-east of Queanbeyan, as a part of the VK2 SOTA party to formally recognise the commencement…

VK3 trip and 17 planned SOTA activations – 28 Sep to 6 Oct 13

Retrospective look at 15 VK3 SOTA activations in 9 days I planned a trip to the eastern-suburbs of Melbourne to visit my parents, celebrate mum’s birthday, catch up with my kids and my sister’s family.  A trip to Melbourne over a long-weekend should include one or two SOTA activations.    Conveniently Canberra has two long-weekend public…

SOTA Activation 2 Summits Friday 4 October 2013

It’s Friday and today is day 6 of the VK3 tour and I plan to activate Mt Disappointment and Mt St Leonard. The aim for today’s activations is to qualify both summits using 2 metres simplex, adding 2 more summits to the completed list.  Comment. There are far more interested SOTA chasers on 2m in…

One out of three summits – 2 October 2013

Today I had plans to activate Mt Vinegar VK3/VC-005 1069 metres ASL and Mt Gordon VK3/VN-027 764 metres ASL in the Yarra Ranges National Park.  Departed Croydon at 8 am for the trip to Warburton then the Acheron Way leading to Carters Gap Road.  We encountered two trees on the Donna Buang road and a…

SOTA Activation 2 Summits Monday – 30 September 2013

Mt Torbreck VK3/VN-001 1516 metres ASL, Yarra Ranges Snobs Creek Yesterday 29 September I completed a multi-summit activation in the vicinity of Warburton with the company of my sister and my two kids. Later in the day I contacted Glenn VK3YY to discuss a joint activation of Mt Torbreck and Pyramid Hill, which was previously…